Huskies hockey season ends in heartbreak

By in Sports & Health

Earning the second seed for the University Cup tournament, the Huskies men’s hockey team were pushed to their limits. However, playing in the two longest games in tournament history in back-to-back outings turned out to be a blessing and a curse for the green and white.

In the quarterfinals, they were matched up against the seventh seeded Carleton University Ravens, who earned their spot with a bronze medal in their conference. The teams were evenly matched and were both fighting to continue their season, as the loser was eliminated from championship contention.

The Huskies led 1–0 and 2–1, with Levi Cable and Kohl Bauml both scoring on the powerplay. However, on both occasions, the Ravens battled back to tie the game. Still deadlocked after 60 minutes of action, overtime — and plenty of it — was needed to find a winner. The Huskies outshot the Ravens 69–60 in the seven periods and finally, in quadruple overtime, after 116:11 of play, Parker Thomas was the hero as he banged in a rebound to send the Dogs into the semi-finals.

Saskatchewan faced St. Francis Xavier in the second round and with a berth in the championship game on the line, it was another dramatic contest as the teams were again tied after regulation time. Cable scored the lone goal for the Huskies and his line had plenty of chances in the extra sessions.

As the end of the third overtime neared with the game still tied at 1–1, Cable was called for a questionable penalty and sent the X-men to the powerplay. With many still in dismay at the weak penalty call, Michael Clarke snapped the winner past Jordon Cooke, ending both the game and the Dogs’ bid for a national title.

Cooke was the player of the tournament for Saskatchewan, as he stopped 119 of 123 shots in the two marathon games. He also set the tournament record for most minutes played, never leaving the ice in either contest.

In the third-place game, the Huskies were simply out of gas, having to play nearly four full games in the first three days of competition. They were defeated 5–2 by the Saint Mary’s University Huskies, who claimed the bronze on home ice as the eighth seed. Jesse Ross and Josh Roach had the goals for the Huskies as they finished the year with a 27–7–1 record, a Canada West championship and a fourth place finish at nationals.